Where does hmu come from?
“Hit me up” was used before hmu, and was originally meant to request or solicit something. As internet abbreviations began to gain popularity in the early 2000s, the phrase was revamped to refer specifically to social requests, and was shortened to hmu. The earliest Urban Dictionary entry for hmu is from April 2009.
In 2011, the phrase gained more notice when a teenage boy used it on a giant cardboard sign to ask out his prom date. When the principal of his school banned the boy from prom (because the sign was hung over the front of the school), the news story prompted many publications to define hmu for their readers. Google searches for hmu peaked in July 2011, perhaps in connection with this story.
In late 2010 and early 2011, some people responded to hmu’s widespread presence by jokingly defining it as “hold my unicorn.” This form of hmu has become an internet meme.
Who uses hmu?
Hmu is often expressed over text messaging or online, and can be either a request, e.g., “Will you hmu if something happens?” or a demand, e.g., “Hmu if anything is going on.” As a common abbreviation, it’s considered casual, and can appear in contexts like romance, friendship, or after a successful meeting online.
As a meme, “hold my unicorn” is flexible and can be used either in a response or as a single post as a playful jab at the increasingly common use of abbreviations in language.
“All dressed up with no where [sic] to go #noplans #hmu #findmeontinder”
Oshiegoldenbear Facebook (February 16, 2017)
“Other meanings for “HMU” :
- Hot man underpants
- Hot musty underarms
- Hug my uterus
- Hold my unicorn
- Hefty male urethra
- Horrible maroon urine
- Hump my umbrella
- Hide my unicorn
- Hannah Montana’s uranium
- Hire moms urinal
- Hold my underboob
- Hot messy underwear
Or for the lovely people who add extra letters ‘Hmmmuu’ Ha my mom made under-cooked uterus.
And just in case you make a typo ‘hmuc’ Hold my umbilical cord”
sweetheart Tumblr (June 27, 2011)
“First client of the day! HMU if you want your makeup done! Thank you so much for trusting me!!”
Elijah @lijuhh18 Twitter (May 6, 2017)